The sun rises every morning, and sets every evening. It’s a constant part of our lives. Yet, we tend to always notice it while we are on vacation or at the lake or ocean, but quickly forget about it in our everyday lives. It’s always there – every single morning, every single evening. I personally just woke up at 5 a.m. (on my day off of work..I know, what??) to go to the beach and watch the sunrise over Cape Cod, because it is my last day here. The other night, while riding with my friends Grandparents, we stopped at the waterfront for a mere 20 seconds to simply take a moment to view the colors of the sunset that already passed. Why do we marvel over these moments that happen every day? Why don’t we marvel over them every day? More importantly, why should we?
Huffington Post has an excellent article, 7 Reasons You Should Make Time For The Sunset. It expresses that taking time for the sunset ‘slows down time’. Okay, we know that isn’t actually possible, but it is utterly true. It gives us a chance to take a breath and be present. That alone is enough of a reason to enjoy the sunset everyday! The article also fits perfectly into my belief that it helps you appreciate life’s gifts and inspires you. These moments are vivid with color, but more importantly, with emotions. Each time I embrace a sunrise/sunset, my mind flashes through the moments of the day, week, month, my life…that have made me happy. It reminds me how blessed I am. There is this sense of peace with it that brings hope and calmness about it.
I remember a lot of distinct sunrises & sunsets in the past year. Sunrise over Asia [Istanbul, Turkey] with new friends, recent strangers. Sunset on an island getaway. Cape Town, South Africa, everyone raved about the perfect sunset on top of Lion’s Head. Sunset as my home, the MV Explorer, sailed away from Buenos Aires. The “how is this even possible” sunrise gazing out of my hammock on the Amazon.
Not to mention the sunrises and sunsets I, along with 600+ companions, flocked to the decks to marvel over day in and day out as we journeyed throughout the deep blue Atlantic ocean seeing the world on Semester at Sea. I often share pictures from those moments because they signify moments where I was truly living. They are more than just sunsets, they are moments where individuals came together to see the beauty in simplicity. Where I spent hours of my time with like-minded, world-changed, individuals simply listening to the waves in silence and spending time together. They resemble being present with the people and world around us. These moments really are something to cherish.
It all seems so simple, and almost crazy, because these moments come at no cost, to extra work, and no stress.They actually do the opposite and relieve the stress of our rushed minds and thoughts.
As I make my move back to Nebraska, I’m going to make a point to take time out for the sunrise and sunset each day. After all, The Good Life definitely has some of the most gorgeous sunsets.
Until next time –